A little green marvel

It was the flight I noticed first and the iridescent bright green that caught the sunlight as she maneuvered between the oak leaves and the buckthorn in search of nectar.  Although Green hairstreaks are widespread, they are not particularly common and seeing them is always noteworthy.   This remarkable butterfly can be found in shrubby places …

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Midnight transformation

In the unusual heat of this sunny springtime, my pond is still apart from the tiny white moths that hover over its surface.  But for the last few days, unbeknown to me, dragonfly nymphs have been hanging around near the margins as they practice breathing air in preparation for their transformation into dragonflies; a transformation …

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“There is a plant that shall be mine, tis the little celandine”

I recall William Wordsworth as banks of these bright yellow stars mark the transition from Winter to Spring. Most people think that his favourite flowers were daffodils, but in actual fact, they were the celandines of which he wrote so fondly. Lesser celandines are part of the buttercup family (ranunculus ficaria), and are renowned for …

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